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Nigeria Document Legalization

Steps to Nigeria documents

Notarize

Make sure your document is notarized by a local notary public unless it is an original copy/certification issued by a competent Federal/State/ local office.

Authenticate

The document must then be authenticated by the Secretary of the State where it is executed. Some states require that the document be certified by the County Clerk first.

Legalize

If one of the Nigerian Consulate-Generals holds consular jurisdiction over your state, you may submit your document to that Consulate-General for final legalization.

Get Started

  1. The document to be authenticated, submit both the original and a complete set of photocopy.
  2. Washington Express Document Processing Request Form.
  3. Cover Letter (on your company’s letter head) stating your request from the Embassy and list of the products to be exported
  4. Certificates of free sale from the Departments of State (federal and state) where your company is located, respectively (if applicable for your type of document).
  5. Other supporting documents a consular officer may request.

Nigeria Consular Fees:

  • Legalization (Processing Fee Per Document): $50
  • Non-Commercial Documents: $50
  • Commercial Documents (Per Product) :$100
  • US State Department $20.00 per document

Washington Express Service/Fees:

  • Regular Service – 4 business days
  • In Jurisdiction Document: $205 per document
  • Out of Jurisdiction Document: $280 per document
  • Round-trip FedEx fee of $95 will be charged to ship the documents to each jurisdiction outside of Washington, DC if applicable.

*The above processing time is average and for reference only. Some applications may require longer processing times where a pick-up date cannot be confirmed until notified by the Visa Office. Multi-document discounts may be offered depending on volume.

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Forward Documents To:
1001 Connecticut Ave NW
Suite 710
Washington, DC 20036

*Please note, you can also fill out and submit your application for free (excluding embassy fees) by visiting the Nigerian Embassy website. We have no affiliation with any government embassy or agency.

  • Please make sure you have followed the all the steps required for authentication before submitting your document to the Nigeria Embassy/Consulate-General for final legalization.
  • Your document must be authentic, intact and legitimate. The Embassy/Consulate-Generals will NOT authenticate a document that contains illegal contents.

Helpful Resources

Document Legalization Flow Chart

How to confirm an Apostille is authentic

Avoiding Embassy Document Rejection

Tips for successful document processing

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